10 Beauty Products I Don’t Leave Home Without

May 7, 2009 by J. Dikes  
Published in Beauty Products

We all have our favorite products that we manage to cram into our bags just so we don’t have to use any other product while traveling. This is my list of must haves.

1. Moisturizer

There are three products I really like.  I use almost any of the formulations of Olay Complete, Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture with spf 15, or I use Neutrogena Oil-Free Fresh Moisture.  Of the three, I like the Neutrogena Fresh Moisture best, but unfortunately it does not have any sun protection.  So my must have product here is the Olay Complete, because I need sun protection.

2. Leave in Conditioner/Frizz fighter

99% of the time, I do not actually style my hair.  There’s probably ten products involved in actually styling my hair, which is why I don’t do it that often.  So for the other 99% of the time, I stick with either Garnier Fructis Style Sleek & Shine Anti-humidity Smoothing Milk or Aussie Hair Insurance leave-in conditioner.  I apply either product to towel-dried hair, comb, and go.  I don’t have a favorite between the two, whichever is closer when I pack my bag is usually the one that comes with me.

3. Mineral Foundation

I do not go bare-faced.  I probably should occasionally to let my skin breathe, but I don’t feel good about my appearance without some kind of makeup to even out my skin tone.  I have tried Ulta minerals, Everyday Minerals, and Coastal Scents Silk Cover Mineral Foundation.  Of those, my favorite is easily Everyday minerals.  I am allergic to the Ulta minerals.  The Silk Cover goes on smoothly, but cakes within a couple hours, plus the lightest shade was still too dark for me.  The Everyday Minerals foundation goes on so light, it doesn’t even feel like makeup, but the coverage is still great.  I mix different shades and foundation types together and have had great luck doing so.

4. Softlips

This is my lip balm of choice.  I love everything about it.  The texture, the tingle, the flavors.  I probably own twelve tubes at any given time.  I love this stuff.

5. Brow color

In many of my beauty articles/tutorials, if you’ve read them, I’ve mentioned that I hate how I look with undefined brows.  My brows are too sparse, too pale, and I just look tired if I don’t fill my brows.  I always carry either e.l.f.’s studio collection brow kit or e.l.f. brightening eye color in butternut.  The dark brown shade is perfect for filling my brows.  I use a flat eyeliner brush to apply it perfectly.

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